While Windows 8 can make a lot of sense for touch-enabled devices and apps, here are 4 reasons why it doesn't fit for most small businesses.

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Written by BizRock
419 days ago

This is excellent post about small businesses and should they switch to Windows 8 or stay with Windows 7. Windows 7 really is still more then good and that is one of the main reasons why not to switch on Windows 8! :)

Thank you for sharing!



Written by HeatherStone
422 days ago

Hi Alex,

All interesting points. There's more than a bit of apprehension out there about Windows 8 (I think many of us can relate.) I'm wondering how all of this advice applies to businesses that would like to experiment with the new Surface Pro. Thanks for sharing this post with the BizSugar community. I'd love to have your answer to this question on BizSugar where the whole community can benefit.



Written by HeatherStone
421 days ago

Thanks for the detailed answer, Alex. I think it's always a good idea to look at the business need before investing big in new technology. Thanks also for sharing your helpful response with the BizSugar community.



Written by jackrabbitcom
421 days ago

Good question Heather. Primarily, the advice in this article is focused on non-touchscreen devices, like the laptops and desktops already in small business environments, or even for new purchases. The real crux of the problem is that there are certain ares of Windows 8 Pro that more or less require a keyboard and mouse to be usable (the old school desktop interface and applications like Office 2013) and there are other areas (Start screen and Win 8 Apps) that only really make sense with a touchscreen. This means that no matter the device you're using, Surface Pro or otherwise, there are usability compromises.

My advice is that businesses shouldn't be afraid to experiment with the Surface Pro and other tablets, but they definitely need to be prepared to provide some solid end-user training, and they shouldn't go all-in with these new devices until they're sure the business need is there.



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